Kostas joined Downing as a partner in 2015. He works across the Investment team and he is a member of the Ventures Investment Committee. He has more than 11 years’ private equity experience as investor, board director, portfolio manager, advisor and business angel. Kostas worked as a corporate finance advisor at PwC, where he advised institutions and management teams on private equity deals, and later joined the private equity team of Bank of Scotland in 2006. He was a member of the Caird Capital team that led a successful spin out of a £0.5bn private equity portfolio from Lloyds Banking Group in 2010. As a director or observer in numerous businesses, he has worked with management teams through operational improvement, growth, turnaround and successful exits. Kostas holds a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW.